Dramatic winged eyeliner and glamorous smoky eyes may be the standouts of your beauty repertoire, but we can’t forget about the natural look! To achieve flawless natural eyeshadow, we asked Sir John, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist and the go-to guy for flawless-skinned stars such as Beyoncé, to open up his bag of beauty tricks.
“The good thing about a natural eye look is it’s super easy, and anyone can do it,” says Sir John. “We’re totally in a selfie time, so rocking a natural eye look is awesome when taking pictures—it only helps to increase natural vibes and even gives a throwback vibes to ’90s makeup.” He’s actually a fan of a total monochromatic look from eyes to lips. “This is a trend I know is going to be hot in fall and winter,” says Sir John, who enthusiastically encourages mixing matte and shimmer textures on the lids. “For sure,” he says. “I love to use different textures whenever I do makeup—whether it’s on the eyes or matte face with shimmer highlights, for example.” To create an au naturel eyeshadow look, simply follow the steps listed below!
How to Do Natural Eyeshadow—If Your Skin Is Fair
Step 1: Go for taupe and gray.
According to Sir John, taupe and gray colors such as L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows in Mix and Matte and Pain Au Chocolat are great for lighter skin tones. Swipe your chosen color across lids from lashline to crease.
Step 2: Add shimmer.
Add a bit of a light shimmer in the center of the lid (right above the pupil) with a shade likeL’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Paris Beach. “To vamp it up or make it more nighttime, you can do an oaky matte brown close to the lashline,” he says.
Step 3: Accent with liner.
Line eyes with a coffee-colored pencil such as Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee. “It’s the best shade for accentuating lighter eye colors,” Sir John says.
Step 4: Layer on mascara.
Finish with lots of L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara in Black Brown.
How to Do Natural Eyeshadow—If Your Skin Is Medium or Olive
Step 1: Go for olive tones.
Use a very soft, olive shimmer shadow like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeshadow in Army Camo all around the eye. “Medium skin tones can go for those more olive colors,” he says.
Step 2: Contour your lids.
For contouring the eye, you can take a little bit of a matte brown such as Acro-Matte and apply it in the crease and lashline. “Just make sure to blend!” he says.
Step 3: Highlight with gold.
Add a pop of gold with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Sunset Seine dabbed in the tear ducts and a tiny bit of gold above the center of the eye.
Step 4: Define your lash lines.
Along the lashline/waterline, use the same coffee liner as fair skin tones on both the top and bottom. “It also makes hazel and brown eyes pop,” he says.
Step 5: Coat lashes with black mascara.
As with fair skin, the finishing touch is loads of L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, this time in Black.
How to Do Natural Eyeshadow—If Your Skin Is Deep
Step 1: Try rich tones.
“I love a cool, burnt brick color for deeper skin tones like L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Matte-Ison Avenue,” Sir John says. “This is an absolute must for a flawless neutral eye.” Apply the powder all over the lid to sculpt the eyes.
Step 2: Add highlight to center of lids.
Take an amber or rosy gold shimmer such as L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow in Amber Rush and place it in the center of the lid to create dimension.
Step 3 Experiment with color.
Add drama by applying a deep plum or black shadow, like L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Violet Beaute or Noir Cest Noir near the lashline.
Step 4: Rim eyes in black.
Line the top and bottom of the waterline with black liner such as Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 1.
Step 5: Lengthen and thicken lashes.
You guessed it: lots of L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara in Black. “I am a huge proponent of fluffy, feathery lashes,” Sir John says. “The new Lash Paradise Mascara is the holy grail for this—literally if someone asked what one product I can’t live without in my kit right now, it would hands down be Lash Paradise.”
Lip Bonus! What to wear with your natural eye?
As mentioned above, monochromatic makeup is super hot. “For this, match your lip color as closely as you can to your shadow,” he says. “This doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be the same shade, but as long as they are in the same family, you can make it work!” If you’re doing a totally matte eye, Sir John suggests opting for a shimmery, metallic lip and vice versa.
If Your Skin Is Fair:
Try a nude, matte lip such as L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lip in Angora or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paints Metallic in Moon Lust.
If Your Skin Is Medium or Olive:
Sir John suggests a neutral lip like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paint Matte in Festival orL’Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paints Metallic in Candy Metal.
If Your Skin Is Deep:
Swipe on a dark plum matte lip shade such as L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lip in Deeply Disturbed or a metallic hue like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paints Metallic in Smoldering Eclipse.